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Preventing Lifestyle Disorders Using Basic Concepts Of Ayurveda

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11th May 2021

INTRODUCTION:

Lifestyle of a person is a product of his/her physical capacity coordinated with psychological functioning, displayed in the forms of habits, behavior, dietary and living patterns. In simpler words,

Lifestyle is way or style of living

The social milieu has impacted us to follow a lifestyle which includes

  • Spending hours on laptop working or studying,
  • Unhealthy eating,
  •  Smoking and alcohol in excess,
  •  Detracting them from physical activity and push them towards a sedentary routine

All this can cause a number of health that can lead to chronic non-communicable diseases that can have near life-threatening consequences.

Most common lifestyle disorders are-

  • Cardiovascular disease such as hypertension, heart attack , stroke etc
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Obesity
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Osteoporosis

to name a few.

The role of Ayurveda is overarching in this. The holistic approach of Ayurveda, treating the patient as a whole which means complete physical, psychological and spiritual well being makes this science a wonderful option in lifestyle disorders.

Methods mentioned in AYURVEDA

It is astonishing to know how the sages thousands of years ago formulated simple lifestyle changes to prevent lifestyle ailments and live healthy and happy.

An important role of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine whether they are out of balance and try to balance it by executing the rule of Do’s and Donts in the following-

Ahara i.e Proper Dietary Management

Vihara i.e. Proper Lifestyle Management

Rasayana i.e. Use Of Rejuvenating Therapies

Panchkarma i.e. Detoxification and Bio-Purification Procedures

Here, in this article, we will focus only on those methods which a person can perform by himself by incorporating it in their day-to-day life activity.

Do’s and Don’ts in Ahara ( Dietary Management )

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Food articles to be included in diet ( Do’s )

  1. Sastrika         ( a kind of rice harvested in sixty days )
  2. Mudga          (pulsePhaseolus mungo)
  3. Shali              (Oryza sativum variety of rice)
  4. Saindhava    (rock salt)
  5. Ghrita           ( ghee)
  6. Amalaka      (fruitEmblica officinalis)
  7. Madhu        (honey)
  8. Dugdha       (milk)
  9. Meat of animals dwelling in arid climate

         Food articles not to be consumed regularly and also not in excess  

( Don’ts )

       

  1. Dadhi i.e. curd
  2. Alkaline preparations
  3. Meat of pork, fish, buffalo etc.
  4. Tuberous roots like potato, sweet potato, etc.
  5. Sweet preparations
  6. Maida (white flour) and its preparations

Do’s and Don’ts in Vihara ( Lifestyle advises )

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Do’s –

  • Waking up in Brahma muhurta i.e. around one and a half hours before sunrise.
  • Drinking of lukewarm water empty stomach.
  • Nasya:- it is the instillation of oil drops into the nostril. 2 drops of oil should be instiulled into each nostril for regular use. It is devoid of any complication and can be administered at any time and without any other’s help.
  • Exercise 30 minutes of moderate excercise daily or doing 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise is advisable to keep one healthy.
  • Yoga  performing pranayama and different asanas should be made a  daily habit.
  • Dry or oil massage

Don’t –

  • Excessive eating
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sleeping in daytime ( only permissible in summer season and to sick, weak persons)
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Tobacco smoking

Use of Rasayana i.e. Rejuvenation therapy

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It encompasses complete range of formulations which help in attainment of longevity, boosting immunity, improvement of mental faculty and overcoming any existing diseases. It includes both external and internal administration of rejuvenating formulations.

Some of the famous formulations which should be consumed are Chyawanprash, Shankhapushpi rasayana, Brahma rasayana etc.

Panchkarma i.e detoxification and bio-purification procedures

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The panchkarma (i.e. five detoxifying procedures) mentioned in the ancient Ayurveda texts include :

  1. Vamana (Therapeutic emesis)
  2. Virechana (Therapeutic purgation)
  3. Auvasana & Niruhana Basti (Therapeutic enema)
  4. Nasya (Shirovirechana) {Nasal Instillation of medicines}
  5. Raktamokshana (Therapeutic Blood Letting)

Conclusions

We need to remember that if mere a change in lifestyle can do wonders in preventing the ailments, then why should we wait for the manifestation of disease and letting it be a major threat to our lifestyle and activity.

Its well said that,

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

We are never late in our actions rather we are late in determination.
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Studies have suggested that early life exercise can reduce the risk of developing metabolic diseases in adulthood. In addition, diseases can be prevented through reducing ones intake of junk foods, alcohol; giving up tobacco & smoking.

It is never late to prevent diseases !!

[The author is currently an Ayurveda Scholar at GAMC-Jammu]

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